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    To request a paper brochure, email Vicki Dohrmann, CE
    Administrator at

    Augmentative-Alternative Communication & Assistive
    Technology Conference: Working together to Acheive Success
    January 31 & February 1, 2008
    January 31 &February 1, 2008

    Shoreline Conference Center
    Greater Seattle, Washington Area

    1.6 ASHA CEUs (16 hours for two-day conference)
    OSPI Continuing Education Clock Hours- (16 hours)
    College Credit Offered by Western Washington University

    Featured Speakers:
    Dr. David Beukelman, PhD, CCC-SLP
    Karen Kangas, OTR/L
    Lisa Rotelli, Education Consultant
    Gail Van Tatenhove, MS, CCC-SLP
    Steven Shores, MOT, OTR/L
    Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law
    Lewis Golinker, Attorney at Law
    Stephen T. Glass, MD
    AAC & Assistive Technology Vendor Representatives

    Program Description:
    As new clinical approaches emerge and technology improves,
    therapists and educators are increasingly challenged to
    enhance knowledge of best practices in the treatment and
    education for clients, patients, and students with
    augmentative-alternative communication and assistive
    technology needs. How do therapists, educators, and
    medical professionals assure they are current with new
    clinical approaches
    as research and new technology emerge? Join us for the
    2008 Northwest Conference and interact with colleagues and
    nationally recognized experts in the area of AAC and
    Assistive Technology. Concurrent sessions are offered,
    allowing you
    to tailor the conference to meet your professional needs.
    Product and service vendors will offer one-on-one, hands-
    on demonstrations and discussion to enhance your
    educational experience.

    DAY ONE 8:00–4:30
    Concurrent Session # 1
    AAC for Adults with Complex
    Communication Needs: Special Issues
    by Dr. David Beukelman
    This workshop will present AAC intervention strategies
    for persons with complex communication needs to a range
    of medical conditions, including amyotrophic lateral
    traumatic brain injury, brainstem impairment, and aphasia.
    These interventions will be illustrated with case reports.
    addition it will focus on decision-making associated with
    acceptance and use by persons with complex communication
    needs and those close to them. Finally, the development and
    maintenance of social supports for persons who rely on AAC
    teams will be discussed.

    DAY ONE 8:00–4:30
    Concurrent Session #2
    Mouse Emulation and Multiple Switch Access (dual
    included) Using Electronic Switch Control, Especially
    with Head Access
    by Karen Kangas, OTR/L
    & Lisa Rotelli, Education Consultant
    Using zero pressure switches (electronic) can assist
    dramatically a
    student’s ability to control multiple switch
    sites.However, the
    switches themselves are not the only reason abilities can
    Switch placement, seating postural control, and seating
    support for
    task involvement,monitor placement, and onscreen keyboard
    choices, are all-important factors.
    Mouse emulation can work well with electronic switches and
    Mouse Mover in several configurations.Three switch
    control, especially
    when utilized with head access and electronic switches, can
    increase a student’s independent control of an on-screen
    and of various pieces of software. However, using mouse
    particularly with 3 switches, is not being utilized as
    well as it should.
    We will share actual equipment set-ups, the physical
    required, and learning strategies that appear to work.
    All Attendees
    Funding Speech Generated Devices
    by Lewis Golinker, J.D., Attorney at Law
    & Mike Smith, J.D., Attorney at Law
    Speech Generated Devices (SGD) are in almost all cases too
    expensive for their users to purchase. Instead, people who
    require SGDs must rely on third party funding sources such
    as health-benefits sources (Medicare,Medicaid, and private
    insurance), public schools, and others.This session will
    outline why SGDs are covered items, and as a result,MUST be
    funded by these sources. It also will provide information
    and strategies that will help resolve questions that arise
    people have more than one possible SGD funding source,
    such as health-based programs and public schools.

    Friday, February 1, 2008
    All Participants
    Arousal, Attention and Sensory Processing
    Stephen T. Glass, MD
    Variations in arousal/attention are, in part, responsible
    for the differences in basic temperamental style within a
    of children. Disorders of arousal/attention are a common
    problem addressed within a child neurology practice
    and often lie at the heart of a wide range of
    neurobehavioral disorders.This presentation will address
    the behavioral,
    psychological and physiologic substrates of this arousal
    spectrum along with its various disorders,
    neurophysiologic origin,
    associated neurobehavioral symptoms and signs which
    frequently coexist.The present state of treatment for these
    disorders will also be discussed along with discussion of
    potential areas for future research. Specific attention
    will be
    given to the history, diagnosis and controversy of sensory
    integration disorders and their relationship to attention
    hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which, one should add, was
    once controversial as well.

    DAY TWO 9:30–12:00
    Concurrent Session # 3
    A Language Approach to AAC
    in the Classroom
    Gail Van Tatenhove, PA, MA, CCC-SLP
    Successful participation in life is highly dependent upon
    a person
    being able to communicate independently. Despite the
    of a range of assistive technologies, many educational
    teams and the
    students they support using AAC devices and strategies are
    to use AAC within the classroom. Programming demands,
    staff expectations,
    and lack of AAC staff support, may be barriers to
    communication in the classroom.This session will focus on
    sufficient and appropriate core vocabulary and providing
    easy access
    to core vocabulary that is “do-able” for teachers.

    DAY TWO 9:30–12:00
    Concurrent Session #4
    Creative Switch and Positioning Solutions
    Steven Shores, MOT, OTR/L
    This practical workshop examines through demonstration,
    discussion and slide presentation, the principles
    necessary for the
    construction and use of custom adaptive switches and
    In addition, practical ideas for modifying or fabricating
    types of seating and positioning devices will be discussed.
    Participants will gain ideas for equipment options when
    products are not available, too expensive or inadequately

    12:00–1:00 Lunch Exhibit Sessions Open
    Pick up your pre-ordered, boxed lunch.All Attendees Must
    Sign-In After Lunch

    All Participants
    One-On-One Exhibit In-Service
    1:00–2:00 SPARTAN ROOM
    Experience a variety of AAC devices, aids, products and
    services currently available.Meet with vendor
    representatives to
    discuss specific questions or just learn about new devices
    and technology currently available, and upcoming

    The Use of Generative Language in the Classroom
    2:00–5:30 MAIN AUDITORIUM
    Gail Van Tatenhove, PA, MA, CCC-SLP
    Using generative language in the classroom with students
    with severe physical or sensory disabilities, modeling
    language within the classroom, and supporting generative
    language multiple communication partners, will be the
    focus of this session. Small group activities will be used
    to help participants learn how to engage in Partner
    Scanning, Aided Language Input, and Language Modeling.
    Sample classroom lessons will be provided that show how to
    modify classroom activities to promote generative
    language. All participants receive a copy of a manual
    board with 300 core words for Aided Language Input and
    Language Modeling. A variety of support materials will be
    presented and available for review.

    TuiTuition: $325 if pre-registered by January 15, 2008
    $355 after January 15, 2008
    ($199 for one-day tuition)

    $355 after January 15, 2008